Soccer, Anyone? Students and Professors Take to the Soccer Field

            What better way to unwind after an exam than scoring on your professors? AALIM students, professors, and language partners had a “ball” playing one another in a competitive soccer game.

Professors and students cheer for their team as they score a goal.

Professors and students cheer for their team as they score a goal.

At AALIM, we recognize that students work hard to master Arabic language and culture, which is why AALIM staff plans weekly activities for students to relax and enjoy one another’s company. We organize a lot of fun cultural activities, such as baking cookies in the public oven, learning about Moroccan music and dance, and practicing Arabic calligraphy, but we also value organizing events such as soccer games, which play an integral role in both Moroccan and American cultures.

Professor Said takes a tumble as he blocks an attempted goal by one of his students.

Professor Said takes a tumble as he blocks an attempted goal by one of his students.

The weather may have been hot, but that did not stop students from scoring on their professors!

Professor Amrani shows his excitement after scoring on the opposing team.

Professor Amrani shows his excitement after scoring on the opposing team.

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The soccer field is only a ten-minute walk from the center, making it a fun after-school activity many days throughout the summer. AALIM is close to a recreational center where students have played volleyball tournaments, as well! AALIM staff always welcomes student recommendations for activities, and we do our best to help organize fun events for our students.

A student blocks the ball from Professors Said and Amrani.

A student blocks the ball from Professors Said and Amrani.

The game was close, but ultimately, students won! Until next time…